Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Every Girl Tells a Story

Every Girl Tells A Story

Every Girl Tells A Story

Hi Friends!

 I’ll start with Perfect Picture Book Friday! At first I was going to write about “The Pout Pout Fish” but I think that Julie Hedlund did this story. I found her doing this in both the alphabetical and theme sections of Susanna Hill’s directory so I’ll go to the next one I loved this summer. It is a shame because I really loved “The Pout Pout Fish” so just click on over to it if your heart is set on reading about that book. 

However, my second selection is just as delicious and maybe more so because it is for all girls and is nonfiction and autobiographical. And the photographs are yummy if you can call portraits ‘yummy.’ 🙂

Can you believe summer is over?

If you go back and read what my goals  were for the summer and what I actually accomplished (Last Tuesday’s post) you’ll see what I mean. It’s too long to write about here. This Perfect Picture Book Friday is pretty long in itself. So I’ll dig right in.

My Perfect Picture Book Friday Selection today is “Every girl Tells a Story” –“A Celebration of Girls Speaking Their Minds” by Carolyn Jones in Collaboration with Girl Scouts of the USA. The forward is by First Lady Laura Bush.

Title: Every Girl Tells a Story, a Celebration of Girls Speaking Their Minds

Forward by: First Lady Laura Bush

Author and Photographer: Carolyn Jones in Collaboration with Girl Scouts of the USA

Publisher: Simon and Schuster books for young readers, 2002, Nonfiction

Appropriate for All ages


So here’s what the jacket said: “Every girl tells a story. Every girl wants to be heard. Listen to these stories. Look into those pictures, and be dazzled by American girls: “If your heart’s in it, you’ll keep going. Girls can do anything. Girls Rule.” “The best thing my parents have done for me is to show me that it’s okay to be myself.” “I’d like to open a clinic for woman and children. That has always been my dream.” “Working in close collaboration with Girls Scouts of the USA, documentary photographer Carolyn Jones has captured in words and pictures a lasting portrait of eighty-five American girls – the girls who are our future. As First Lady Laura Bush says in her forward, “My hope  for every girl, everywhere, is that she, too, will find her voice and achieve her dreams. “

“This is a book for women of all ages, who will recognize the girls they once were and still can be. It is a book for fathers and mothers, who hear—but may not always listen to—what their daughters are saying. But most of all it is a book for girls, who will find themselves reflected in this joyous celebration of their complexity, depth, honesty, and glorious, soaring optimism.

Resources: This is a web site that celebrates girls and  has books and kits just for girls. There is everything girl. There are links to RED TENT ceremonies and many other web sites that young girls would want to know about. There are FAQ about all things woman. I think women would be more fascinated with this site than men but men would learn a lot.

I couldn’t find a specific resource about the book but one activity could be for girls to tell their story of empowerment, their dreams, their goals, what made them grateful etc. 

Why I loved it: It is an amazing testament of how great our girls are. How wonderfully free they are to speak their minds in freedom and optimism. I wish all girls in all settings, in all countries could read this and say these things about themselves.

I loved this book and re-read it dwelling in the youthfulness of the pages. Looking at the gorgeous photographs of girls in all their beauty I realized this IS a book for all ages. It gives each age something to treasure. IF a young girl was reading it, she would get dreams out of it. Future dreams. And for me as a grown woman I read hope in the pages. I see our girls and have renewed faith that the world will be better because of them. And it is better because of them.

This book has a different girl on each page. On each page there is a photograph or two of each girl and her dreams. The girl tells what she would like to become when she grows up and what she is most grateful for. Sometimes she tells of events that changed her mind or her life. It is biographical and memoir at the same time.  The photographs are deep and honest. Eyes tell stories not put in words. There is vulnerability in them. I guess it’s their youth that Jones has captured. Actually I think she has captured each girl in her essence.

Please join other bloggers in Perfect Picture Book Friday over at Susanna Leonard Hill’s site to see other fun books.

For more links to Perfect Picture Books, a collection of bloggers who contribute at Susanna Leonard Hill’s site, click here.

Or as my friend Joanna  Marple says on her blog on PPBF “Every Friday, authors and Kid Lit bloggers post a favorite picture book.  To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books. ” 

Have a Greaaat weekend!! XXOO 

Do you think you will read this? Why or why not?

© Clara Bowman-Jahn aka Clarike Bowman-Jahn

Cover of "The Pout-Pout Fish"

Cover of The Pout-Pout Fish

Designed by Juliette Low, the sole emblem of t...

Designed by Juliette Low, the sole emblem of the Girl Scouts of the USA from 1912 until 1976 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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29 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Every Girl Tells a Story

  1. I will read this. I think it would have been even more interesting perhaps if girls from around the world were included, instead of just Americans. But since it’s a Girl Scout thing, I can see why they did what they did. Are all the girls profiled Girl Scouts?


  2. Margot Finke says:

    As always, Clar, your review makes me want to read the particular book too. There are so many pressures on today’s girls, that anything (like this book) that celebrates their strengths and goodness is a must read. Have pinned your review to my Book Reviews (kids to YA) on Pinterest –

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  3. I hope I can get this for my daughter!


  4. I always wonder how the girl scouts have influenced young women in the past. Thanks for sharing this one, Clar!


  5. I think my daughter is going to love this. Thanks.
    A big congrats to the response from writeon-con. And, of course, all your completed manuscripts! Excellent!


  6. OK, the pout-pout fish is a good one, but this post GRABBED my attention! I haven’t heard of it and now I can’t wait to see what I’m missing. Thanks!


  7. I like the idea, but not the “Girls rule” part. 😉 Great choice!


  8. What a fun concept for a book, Clar. I’m intrigued.


  9. A beautiful, inspiring story. Can’t believe Summer is over too. Spending my Saturday at Galveston Island, rain or shine. Have a fun weekend.


  10. This is my kind of book! I’ve reviewed couple similar books about girl empowerment and thought they were important. After all, the Dahli Lama said it will be women who heal the world. That’s why I’m excited to see books like this. Are you familiar with Girl Rising: and the Girl Effect: If not check them out. You may want to add them to your list above.


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Patricia,

      As I answer this it is in a hurry to get ready for the weekend’s last evening but will get back to those links as soon as I can. I appreciate them very much. Glad you like this book as well. 🙂


  11. What a great book! Ms Bush is one of my heroes. She’s all about books and reading. And she likes dogs! I don’t think there are enough books and stories out there about admirable girls. The media tends to focus on the crazy, “bad” girls. I’ll have to look for this one. I’m glad you were forced to do this one instead of the Pout,Pout Fish!


  12. This book looks beautiful, Clar! I would love to read it! What a wonderful celebration of what it is to be a girl, and how inspiring and empowering! Thanks for adding it to our list!


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